We don’t always take a close enough glimpse at one person in the Christmas story whom I can relate to the most. Because like me, Joseph appears to have wondered at the whys of Jesus. Why, Mary? Why Mary?! Why this way, God? Why now? Why me? Why? ‘Why’ is a question we can all see … More why’s
When I try to control my life, I make an utter mess of it. And I know I have been doing so when I feel surrounded, inside & out with mess. God, however, sees my mess far differently than I do. I want to clean up my messes until I am spotless, and no sign … More proof is in the…grace?
Many of us can recall a time when we were hurt by someone else’s actions. But we likely all can remember a time when someone’s words hurt. Words bypass race, size, religion, gender, class and strike right at the heart of us, often before we know it. There are three ways we can be wounded … More 3 ways words pack a wallop
After the wise men were gone, God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.” Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his … More when you are asked to flee…Joseph
With the arrival of Advent comes the retelling of the Christmas story. I have heard it many times… in song, through drama, or by a reader at church. I have read the story to myself, and to my children. This year, I am doing something different. I have never read the whole story in the … More Adventures in Advent
People are messy; therefore, relationships will be messy. Don’t be surprised by messiness. -Tim Keller Life is messy. Not just your space when you share it with others, or don’t tidy up after yourself. People all have their own way of thinking, and expectations of how things will/should/could be… and that difference truly makes life … More messy
I am saying yes in my mess. Yes to letting God mess up my day the way He wants it to look: Today I worked a day shift versus the evening shift in usually work on Mondays. I somehow got more done than usual, and now have some downtime to read, write & relax. I … More yes in my mess